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Benin

Our work in Benin focuses on treating and preventing neglected tropical diseases. In 2016 Sightsavers and its partners distributed 3.7 million treatments for river blindness and 1.6  million for lymphatic filariasis.

Our work in Benin

Last year, Sightsavers provided more than 5.3 million treatments in Benin to help protect against river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, two debilitating diseases caused by parasite infections.

River blindness is transmitted via the bite of infected black flies. Infection leads to severe skin disease with unrelenting itching, visual impairment and blindness.

Lymphatic filariasis is transmitted via mosquito bite: long-term infection causes painful disability, which can profoundly affect the lives of individuals, reducing their independence, productivity and mobility. The disfigurement and associated stigma and discrimination from infection can have a devastating impact on those affected and their families.

In 2016 Sightsavers also helped to train more than 10,000 volunteer community distributors in Benin, enabling them to gather data and give out medication to protect against these diseases.

We have also completed the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken, the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, which helps to pinpoint the world’s trachoma-endemic areas. During the project, which was completed in January 2016, surveyors collected data from 2.6 million people in 29 countries, including Benin, using Android smartphones.

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